The foods of Germany
Each region in Germany has its own specialties and variations. The southern region of Germany share many specialties that reach over to Austria and Switzerland. In the southwest, cooking is greatly influenced by French cooking. Cooking in the eastern region has more of an Eastern European flavor. There are also foods that are shared by all regions, but prepared differently.
Germans love rich, hearty cuisine, though each area of Germany has its own definition of what a traditional meal looks like.
Pork is the most consumed meat, according to the German Food Guide. Schweinshaxe (braised pork hock) and Saumagen (pork stomach) are a couple of traditional pork dishes.
Bratwurst, a form of sausage, is closely associated with German food. Cabbage, beets, and turnips are commonly incorporated into meals, as they are native to the region, and potatoes and sauerkraut are also stars of German cuisine.
Almost everything begins with bread in Germany, but there are a lot of wonderful things to put on it. Sausage is definitely well associated with Germany and for good reason. Each region, and even each city, will have a particular type of Wurst that is “theirs” though the regional variations can be found all over.
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Appetizer recipesChicken liver mousse Ham and cheese toast
Main recipesBraised endives in beer Grilled pork chops with red onion marmalade Jaeger schnitzel Old fashion beef stew Puff pastry rochoises Roast loin of pork with prunes Seared chicken breast with red onion vinaigrette Tarragon roasted chicken Winter squash soup
Side dishes recipesBraised red cabbage Broccoli cauliflower gratin Broccoli stems cabbage slaw Brussels Sprout and radicchio Slaw Creamy cauliflower purée Herb roasted potatoes Leeks au gratin Marinated onions Mixed cabbage salad Onion braid Potato cake Warm brussels sprout salad
Dessert recipesApple cake Apple sauce cake Apple strudel Banana cake Blackberry mousse terrine Blueberry basic pie filling Chocolate almond cake Chocolate creme caramel Chocolate mocha torte Cider apples Country apple cake Dutch apple pie Flambeed bananas Flamed apples Jelly-filled pears in puff pastry with caramel sauce Meringue apple tart Peach-raspberry beggars purses Poppy seed chocolate torte Prune kumquat sticky pudding with armagnac toffee sauce Prune soufflés Rhubarb tart with orange-ginger glaze Strawberry linzertorte Vanilla custards
Cooking in Germany